Movie Review-Going in Style (Blu Ray) and Phoenix Forgotten (Blu Ray)

Review-I have to hand it to the public relations at Fox. They sent out the review screener late and wrapped it in this awesome box. Inside the box, I have a t shirt, a cool looking story of the film and many other objects that will look good on my cabinet. The problem comes from when I open up the blu ray and watch the film. I am not going to say this is a bad film, but it is one that demands a lot of patience and shutting off your common sense. This film hits the ground running, which is a shock for a found footage film not to be bogged down with story before getting the goods. This film starts out showing the 1997 lights over Arizona. This was a supposed UFO sighting. We see this “ Vee” shape and then upon a second sighting we see the lights dropping. In this film, we have three annoying teenagers that decide to investigate the lights and upon doing this, come up missing. Much like the premise of the last “ Blair Witch” film, we have a sister who decides to go hunting for the missing teens upon discovering their camera. There are so many found footage films, and with each new one being released, it seems that the well has run dry. The acting in this film is what keeps it appealing. You almost get suckered into falling for this story. The problem is that, the story seems to go into circles. You get the jerky camera, the bad shots and the annoying cut sequences. That is basically the report card of found footage films. The ending was a bit muddled and confusing. I feel that added to the mystery of the film. While this subject has been touched upon before, I feel this film does feel the more authentic. The problem with this film is that we have been there and lord knows we have done that, so many damn times. I can understand when indie studios seem to veer into this direction to make a dollar, but big budget studios to invest in these films, it just seems like a total waste. While, I did appreciate “ The Gallows” a little more than I thought, I just feel that the found footage era is over. The film is worth a look, if you are a fan of the genre. The film is not an owner, but could be good for a cheap rental. Though, I did love all the swag I got for this. The shirt is awesome, and I loved the files and suitcase that came with it. Very creative, I wish that creativity was used in this film.

7 out of 10

Review-Zach Braff is out to prove that his time on Scrubs was not what will define him. His acting career seems to be on the skids right now. So, why not turn to the other side and direct. His remake of the original “ Going in Style”, is a mixed bag. Like the original, this film is about three elderly men who decide to rob a bank. The original, they were doing it for fun, this time around they are doing it for retribution. The original was about three men who wanted to feel alive, to find their second youth and most of all do something just for the hell of it. This film, not so much. Much like, “ Hell or High Water” the intent of the criminals is to make them feel like heroes. The original was more organic and had a better flow, this film feels like a rushed mess. The comedy is fair. The antics are over the top, at times very hilarious. The problem is that the pacing towards the end starts to lose some of that energy. You have the nasty bank who are screwing over our guys, and they want to show them. I have no issue with man against corporation. My issue is that this film has no believability. You really watch this film and feel that you are doing that, watching actors act in a film. The chemistry is there, and it works for the most part. I just wanted this film to find it’s groove instead of clunk around blindly looking for a scene to work and capitalize on it. I feel with films like “ Grumpy Old Men” that the bar is so high on these type of films that you really have to deliver a home run to even matter. This film delivers a base hit. It has enough comedy to keep the viewer engaged. The pacing is so fast and in your face, that people will allow themselves to be entertained. My issue is that, I was hoping for a more realistic film. I will also admit, I watched the latest Fast and the Furious film last week and within 10 minutes shut it off, and pretended to never have watched it.

7 out of 10